West Seattle, Washington
From Camp Long, its July program announcement:
Yoga in Nature
Sarah teaches with enthusiasm for personal growth and expression. She has studied Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga styles and from these roots, creates a unique blend of her own. She lives for her time outdoors; whether climbing, skiing, cycling, practicing yoga, or just being; she feels communion with nature is essential to contentment. “It is a very special opportunity to teach in such a beautiful setting as Camp Long. It is like escaping from the city, and treating yourself with the gift of mindfulness.” Register no later than one day prior to class by calling 684-7434.
July 8 Wed 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Course #46363 Activity Fee $12
July 15 Wed 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Course #46364 Activity Fee $12
Water Calling: Mater Matrix Mother and Medium FREE
Artist Mandy Greer is creating a temporary artwork this summer at Camp Long in West Seattle. Titled Mater Matrix Mother and Medium celebrates the splendor of Seattle’s urban creeks and encourages stewardship of essential watersheds. This artwork commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art Funds administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in partnership with Restoring our Waters.
Meet the artist and witness the creation of the artwork. Greer will be installing her artwork near the Polliwog Pond.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, June 15-July 9 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Watch performance at Polliwog Pond July 16 at 6:30 p.m.
The project includes a performance produced by Greer in collaboration with choreographer and dancer Zoe Scofield.
View the art by Polliwog Pond June 15 thru July 31
Camp Long is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information about ways to protect and improve Seattle’s urban waterway, visit the
Restore Our Waters webpage at http://www.seattle.gov/util/restorourwaters/
Camp Long Owls
Ages 5 and older
Will the juvenile Barred Owls be begging for food by hissing? Or will they be missing? Join us for some Barred Owl nightlife! Bring a flashlight. Register no later than one day prior to class by calling 684-7434.
July 18 Sat 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Course #43268 Activity Fee $7
Family Butterfly and Bug Hunt
Ages 3 and older
Use butterfly nets to gently catch a variety of insects, then use magnifiers and bug boxes to look at them up close. Smaller students and scientists alike will learn from and enjoy this program. Register no later than one day prior to class by calling 684-7434.
July 18 Sat 1 – 3 p.m.
Course #43276 Activity Fee $7
Shakespeare in the Park
Camp Long hosts Shakespeare this summer. FREE
The Life and Death of King John. This historical piece dramatizes the reign of King John of England (ruled 1199-1216). He is the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine and the father of Henry III. The play opens with a plea from the French King Phillip for King John to abdicate in favor of his nephew and includes dizzying changes of alliances, a Papal excommunication and a subsequent reconciliation. In the end… well, I don’t want to ruin it for you.
Camp Long July 24 Fri 7 p.m.
The Comedy of Errors. This is light, frothy entertainment, driven by coincidence and slapstick
humor all in a single day. The story centers around two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth. When Antipholus and his servant, Dromio, of Syracuse travel to Ephesus, they do not know about Antipholus and his servant Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusan twins encounter the friends and families of the Ephesus twins, there is a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities.
Camp Long July 25 Sat 7 p.m.
Baffled by beavers? Come and learn about the dynamic life of these master builders and the very important ecological role they play. Join us in exploring the life, lodges, behaviors and physical adaptations of these industrious, fascinating and busy mammals. Also learn how we can live together with beavers in our backyards! Register no later than one day prior to class by calling 684-7434.
Instructor: Sue Johnson
Location: Trailhead at 25th Ave SW and Brandon St.
July 25 Sat 1 – 3 p.m.
Course #43261 Activity Fee $7
Herbal Salve Making
Ages 12 and older
Jayne Simmons, farmer and owner of Sister Sage Herbs and Good Food Gardens, will teach this introductory herb class. Learn to identify the healing plants that are growing near your doorstep. See them prepared into a healing salve for cuts and burns. We will discuss the entire process of making the salve, from choosing the right plants for your situation, harvesting, drying, storage, and infusing herbs in oil. You’ll leave with a small container of salve and recipes for lip balm and other salves. We may have time to walk about and find some of the plants we discuss. Register by calling 684-7434
July 25 Sat 10 a.m. – Noon
Course #43296 Activity Fee $18
First Saturday Free Walks
Please register by calling 206-684-7434.
Longfellow Creek Yancy Street FREE
This is by far the coolest art you will ever find on a trail, unless you’re trekking the Southwest where petro glyphs are as common as cacti. Explore the north reaches of Longfellow Creek and Puget Park, both natural areas in the Delridge neighborhood. Find out about this great wildlife corridor. Register no later than one day prior to class by calling 684-7434.
Location: SW Dakota and 28th Ave. SW – just south of Allstar Fitness
July 11 Sat 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Pritchard Beach FREE
This wonderful piece of property would never have undergone the most dramatic facelift had it not been for a small group of committed citizens who saw the potential of returning the property to its “natural” state. Bring you binoculars – there’s great birding at Pritchard! Register no later than one day prior to class by calling 684-7434
Location: Pritchard Beach – 8400 55th Ave S
July 11 Sat 2 – 5 p.m
Mee-Kwa-Mooks Beach Safari FREE
Ages 3 and older
Rejuvenate at the end of your week and enjoy some of the best low tides of the year. Find amazing marine animals and intertidal plant life, and discover the fascinating interrelationships within the tidal zone! Dress for possible windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. Register no later than one day prior to class by calling 684-7434.
Location: Me-Kwa-Mooks Park
July 18 Sat 9 – 11 a.m.
Tot Treks and Tyke Hikes
Ages 2 – 3
Adults – share nature with your children! In a local park where the grass and ferns grow, beneath the tall, old trees, is a special place for you and a child to explore. Learn effective and fun outdoor activities and ideas for other times and places. Please arrive 10 minutes before class time and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Up to two children can be registered with each adult. Sorry, no strollers.
Activity Fee: $7 per adult/child pair. $3.50 for each additional person
Please register by July 4
July 7 Tue 10 – 11 a.m.
Please register by July 18
Location: Me-Kwa-Mooks Park
July 21 Tue 10 – 11 a.m.
Camp Long is at 5200 35th SW (map).
This Tuesday will mark 1 year since West Seattle’s Charlestown Cafe reopened after repairs from a fire that came on the heels of a long fight over its site’s future. Seemed like the time to check in to see how things are going – and we found out some surprises:
Story and photos by Kathy Mulady
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
The one-year anniversary of the re-opening of Webster’s Charlestown Street Café is a bittersweet celebration for Ron Hanlon, owner of the West Seattle fixture.
A fire in the stove hood in February 2008 closed the Charlestown Café for months while Hanlon, the café property owner and the insurance company haggled over details. The restaurant with the something-for-everyone menu finally reopened June 30 last year. Just in time for what some have nicknamed the Great Recession.
Hanlon’s longtime business partner Larry Mellum moved on earlier this year, expanding Pike Place Chowder to Pacific Place downtown. But Hanlon is staying put at Charlestown, and in West Seattle, where he has owned restaurants for 30 years.
“I’m going to ride this to the end,” he said this week.
First, from Betsy in North Delridge:
If you are missing your gray Toyota Camry with license plates 817 xv-, it is sitting on 26th Ave SW just north of Graham SW, missing some parts.
Meantime, a separate note out of the WSB inbox included the following photo and report:
From the accompanying e-mail:
I just wanted to inform neighbors of West Seattle Alki of my car that was broken into on the night of Thursday June 25th. I was staying at my friend’s house who lives on Alki Beach drive across from Jacobson street … My car was securely locked and my alarm was on when a burglar had broken in. My passenger side window had been punched in and the my pink bag filled with clothes, an orange makeup bag and lotions were taken. Nobody in the house had been awaken by my car alarm we think it happened around the time frame of 2:00-4:00 AM. … I have heard of many other cases like this happening in the past couple weeks and I hope they find the thief soon. I have reported this case to the police and so far nobody has been caught.
Quick Flip clip of a few of the 11 kittens who were up for adoption when we stopped by All the Best Pet Care (next to Cactus) on Alki a little while ago. (We shot through a tent net – a few others are in a cage with quite the Puget Sound view.) The adopt-a-thon in connection with Feral Care continues till 5 pm. (Animal communicator Joy Turner is there too, as per the original announcement – her fees today are benefiting Feral Care.)
(photos added just after 2 pm)
Out in The Junction for the West Seattle Farmers’ Market‘s 10th anniversary bash – huge crowd – but a couple things you might want to know if you haven’t been yet: The free berry mini-sundaes just ran out, after – according to the servers – they gave out about 600 in the first two hours of the market. There are unannounced freebies here and there – be sure to stop by the West Seattle Junction Association booth at the southwest entrance, where you’ll find free kids’ T-shirts (adults’ T-shirts with The Junction logo are $10) — Linda from Clementine was on duty when we stopped by:
And you can get your first look at the cool poster for West Seattle Outdoor Summer Movies on the Wall (co-sponsored by WSB):
The folks at the trailer told us it’s a mix-up (as was finally tweeted – though we tweeted the discovery first) – they got here and then found out they were supposed to be at the game, but it’s too late to pack up and move, so they’re here for the usual duration (till about 2). Westside Dermatology (WSB sponsor) parking lot. Also at the Market, the 34th District Democrats are at the northeast entrance, registering voters (if you need to change your address, you can do that at their table too) – just a month till primary ballots go out (in the photo, added later, Jackie and Helen) –
And much more is happening, including the Square 1 Books (WSB sponsor) tent sale near the 34th DDs (alley entrance by KeyBank):
That’s proprietor Gretchen and son Jasper. Also sighted, the Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) Piecemakers selling raffle tickets for this quilt:
The Piecemakers meet Wednesdays at 1 pm; raffle proceeds will benefit Y kids’ programs and Fauntleroy Church – and you’ve got plenty of time to get a ticket, since the raffle’s not till November.
24 hours of talking to the world – and it’s just wrapping up now on the south side of the South Seattle Community College campus atop West Seattle’s Puget Ridge. Amateur-radio operators (“hams”) all over the world join in Field Day, including the locals we checked in with this morning, who’d been at it since 11 am Saturday (here’s the preview we published Friday) – the picture above was taken inside the yurt they set up on SCCC’s open field. Joel Ware told WSB they’ve talked with folks as far away as Sweden and Japan. And they’re particularly proud of their off-the-grid power setup:
Note, that’s wind AND solar. The event, by the way, was sponsored by the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service, which has other exercises throughout the year to make sure they’re ready to assist in case of catastrophe (we covered one — also at SSCC, but indoors — last October). In addition to that weblink on their name, you can also find Seattle ACS on Twitter (@SeattleACS).
This morning, we have a photo and update from David Hutchinson with the Seattle (Alki) Statue of Liberty Project, as “Phase 2” of brick installation winds up and they look ahead to installation of the new time capsule:
We stopped by the Log House Museum today and Andrea Mercado gave us a look at the lid that will seal the Time Capsule for the next 50 years. The bronze plaque that will be mounted in the landing at the top of the steps has also arrived at the Museum. Installation specs have be sent to Seattle Parks & Recreation and planning is moving ahead for the burial of the Capsule at the site.
All bricks have been installed and the few that had engraving errors are being completed by Kenadar and should arrive at the Parks Project Manager’s office on Monday, June 29th. They will then be placed in the Plaza. We have had a number of e-mails and calls from donors requesting help in finding their bricks. An index of the new bricks has been completed and will be posted on the Sealady website shortly – www.sealady.org . If you’re looking for your brick it’s helpful to know that over half of the 852 new bricks were installed in the landing at the top of the steps. Approximately 100 were installed in each of the two paths to the sides of the main Plaza and only about 200 were used in the floor of Plaza itself to fill out the original spiral design. Be sure to check the upper landing and paths and if you still can’t locate you brick, contact Eilene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-933-8352, and we will give you an approximate location.
KITTEN, ANYONE? Noon-5 pm, it’s an adopt-a-thon at All the Best Pet Care on Alki.
E-CYCLING AT THE WELLNESS FAIR: Happening again today, 11 am-6 pm, Metropolitan Market. Find out here what’s free and what’s not.
WHAT’S FRESH AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET? We previewed today’s 10th anniversary “Berry Spectacular” here. And of course, there’s the regular yummy goodness at the 10 am-2 pm market – here’s this week’s Ripe ‘n’ Ready rundown – and don’t forget the Square 1 Books (WSB sponsor) “no-tax” tent sale at the WSFM.
BUCKETS OF BERRIES FOR SALE: Also noted last night – 11 am-1 pm, the Rotary Club of West Seattle has about two dozen buckets of strawberries left to sell, south parking lot of Admiral Safeway.
Here’s the official announcement from Twilight in The Junction:
WHAT: We proudly present “The Good, The Bad, and THE UGLY”, a three-gallery group show.
-OPENING PARTY: July 9th, 6 – 9 PM during the West Seattle Art Walk.
-CLOSES: August 7th, 2009
-WHERE: Twilight Artist Collective, in the Junction: 4306 SW Alaska St.
ABOUT “THE UGLY”:
FEATURING the artworks of Bird, Clare Bowers, CASH, Brian White, Robroy Chalmers, Larry Cyr, Pamela Davis, Billy Dyson, Jon & Tracy Haaland, Brad Strain, Michelle Smith-Lewis, Rick Simpson, Joey McChan, Mark Walker, and Vern White!
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY is a collaboration between 3 Seattle art galleries, showing over 35 artists in a combined show during the month of July. Go to all three shows for a chance to WIN A PIECE OF ORIGINAL ART in a raffle! The winner will be announced at the end of the show(s). There will be raffle cards at each location – you need to get a stamp from all 3 to qualify for the drawing. GET OUT AND SEE LOCAL ART!!
“THE UGLY” portion of this show will be featured at Twilight Artist Collective. “THE GOOD” can be viewed at Halogen (2316 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121), and “THE BAD” at Bherd Studios (8537 Greenwood Ave. N, Suite 1, Studio D, Seattle, WA 98103).
Like the artwork featured on the flyer? Visit all three galleries to be eligible to win these works in a raffle!
Sometimes “shots fired” calls to police turn out to be fireworks. Not this time. Right now police are out at Delridge/Thistle (map) investigating one of those calls, and, per the scanner, an officer reported finding several shell casings “just east of Delridge/Thistle.” No word so far of anyone having been hit; they are circulating a possible vehicle description — full-size white SUV, chrome rims, no description of who’s in it.